A Guide to Living Aids for Everyday Tasks
When we think of mobility aids, we tend to picture things like a wheelchair, stair lift or a walk-in bath. While there’s no doubt that these products make life much easier for anyone with a disability or mobility issues, what about the smaller aids that help with day to day tasks? Daily living aids are designed to make everyday tasks easier and they come in a huge variety. They’re suitable for anyone elderly, disabled or simply struggling with day to day tasks like cooking, opening drawers or switching on lights.
Daily living aids also offer increased safety, security and peace of mind, and allow people to maintain a greater degree of independence. If you’ve been thinking about investing in daily living aids for you or a loved one, you may not know about the vast range that’s available on the market. With this in mind, see below for our guide to living and mobility aids to help with those smaller, everyday tasks.
Many people find that fiddly tasks like opening jars or turning keys become much harder as they age. This could be due to a condition like arthritis, loss of grip strength or a temporary injury that’s making things more difficult. Luckily, there is a range of gripping aids to help users perform these tasks with ease. Turner handles provide an extension to grab onto when turning keys in a lock and they also give an easier grip. You can also purchase variations that fit onto tap handles. The device looks similar to a tin opener and clamps on top of a round tap handle to allow for much easier leverage.
Gripping aids are also very useful when it comes to opening jars and there are many different options suitable for bottles, glass jars, tins and more.
Elderly people or those with mobility issues are often more isolated, so staying in touch with family and friends is very important. If you or a loved one is visually impaired or struggles with their hearing, there are plenty of telephone options to make life easier. Choose from a phone with large buttons, amplified hearing or easy dial, so you can connect with important contacts by pressing just one button.
These phones are available in cordless, mobile and traditional telephone styles, so there’s an option to suit every need.
Talking aids transmit information verbally and can be a great help for anyone with a visual impairment. They can also be useful for people with dementia or those struggling to help jog memories. Types of talking aid include:
- Kitchen scales which ‘speak’ the unit of measurement.
- Talking alarm clocks.
- Talking microwaves.
- Watches which speak the time when a button is pressed.
Talking aids speak in a clear, loud voice and allow users to navigate day to day tasks with greater independence and safety.
Reachers and grabbers
Long handle reachers and grabbers allow individuals to retrieve hard to reach items without stretching uncomfortably or bending down. They’re also suitable for anyone with weakened grip, who may find it difficult to open and close a cupboard or a window, for example.
Grabbers and reachers come in a wide variety of lengths and many can be extended or folded away as required. They can also be fitted with additional extras like suction grips or magnetic tips.
Removing plugs from sockets can be surprisingly tricky for anyone with arthritis or limited movement, especially if plugs are in hard to reach places. Plug pulls can be attached with strong suction grips on top of the plug or fitted around, and give users something easy to grab hold of. The grip handles make inserting and removing plugs much easier and safer.
Pets are a beloved companion for many people but they require daily care which may become difficult as you age. There are plenty of living aids available to make daily care of your furry friends easier, especially for those with limited mobility. Pet aids include hands free leads which can be attached round your waist (for those with weaker grip), long handled litter/poop scoopers, and raised stands for feeding bowls to prevent you bending down.
If you drive a vehicle and can no longer lift your dog into the car, a pet ramp allows them to jump into the boot or back seat with ease. There are also special grooming gloves available to remove pet hair if you find it difficult to grip a brush.
Getting dressed is often one of the first tasks of the day and many people rely on being able to dress themselves to feel independent. If you’re finding that it’s more difficult to get dressed day to day, then there’s a variety of useful aids which can help.
Long handled shoe horns allow users to comfortably put on shoes without bending down and there are also specialised sticks available to help pull up trousers or socks. Shoe removers allow footwear to be taken off with ease and you can add larger ring pulls to help make zips easier to grasp. Button hooks are often one of the most useful tools for anyone struggling with grip or mobility; they feature an easy grip handle and specialist hook to fasten buttons quickly and easily. They’re also very useful for anyone with limited dexterity or the use of only one hand.
Cooking is a real pleasure for many people, as well as being a basic human need. If you’re struggling to cook or prepare food for yourself then there’s a great assortment of aids available which can help. As mentioned above, specialist grippers allow users to easily open jars and there’s plenty more equipment to choose from. Kettle tippers allow you to pour boiling water safely and easily and there are also pan handles to help move and pour water from pans. There are also many adaptive tools to help you prepare food, such as chopping boards with an inbuilt knife and small spikes to enable one handed chopping.
Specialist utensils are available with large, easy grip handles to take the frustration out of eating, as well as non slip mats and plates with raised edges to prevent food from spilling. If you find it takes longer to eat a meal due to mobility issues, try a keep-warm plate or bowl with built in insulation, to enjoy a piping hot meal anytime.
Reliable mobility aids from the experts at Euro Lifts
If you’re looking for dependable, safe mobility aids to help you on a daily basis, get in touch with the professionals at Euro Lifts. We’re proud to offer a wide range of mobility aids to help you live a more independent life. If you’re looking for something more permanent, we can install a wheelchair lift or stair lift to give you easy access between floors, and we can design a custom lift to suit your exact requirements.
We also offer a variety of smaller, portable mobility aids to help you move around day to day, including walking sticks, crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs and more. All of our equipment is hand selected from the finest manufacturers in mobility equipment and our knowledgeable staff are on hand to recommend the best products for you. We even build and design our own equipment using the latest in cutting edge technology, so we’re confident that we have a solution to suit your needs. For more information or to discuss your mobility aid requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 999 1199, or contact us via our website.